Skip to Content
two whooping cranes flying over trees and water in the wild
All Animals

Whooping Cranes


Whooping cranes are a featured animal in our new Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit, which opens in May 2019.

In 2022, we will celebrate the Houston Zoo’s 100th anniversary by completing the most dramatic transformation in our history. Learn more >

How We Help Save Them in the Wild

  • We support the work of  a Texas Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator whose goal is to protect whooping cranes.
  • We provided behavior change training to 6 organizations focused on protecting whooping cranes to help improve effectiveness of whooping crane protection programs.
  • In 2019, this work enabled connections with Texas waterfowl hunters and lodges to prevent accidental whooping crane shootings.
  • Participated in an abandoned crab trap removal event, removing 1,249 traps from the San Antonio Bay system in 2020.

How You Can Help

Donate to help save whooping cranes in the wild.


Visit the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas every February to celebrate the yearly return of the whooping cranes to their wintering habitat.